Stan Lauryssens

Stan Lauryssens had a celebrated career as a journalist, becoming known for his interviews with the surviving members of Hitler's inner circle. He then became an art dealer specializing in works by Salvador Dalí for over a decade. After spending time in prison for the sale of bogus Dalís, he turned to writing crime fiction. He won Belgium's Hercule Poirot Award in 2002 for best crime fiction of the year. Now Stan divides his time between Antwerp and London.

Stan Lauryssens

DALÍ & I: The Surreal Story (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, July 2008) is an extraordinary memoir of fortune, fraud, and the master of modern art, exposing the Dark Circus of the International Art Market. Translation rights have sold to more than 25 countries. Subject of a forthcoming feature film staring Al Pacino as Salvador Dalí, DALÍ & I: The Surreal Story offers an eye-opening behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that can go hand in hand in the art world. Andrew Niccol (Lord of War, The Terminal, The Truman Show) will write and direct and Cillian Murphy (Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will play the part of Stan Lauryssens.

Lauryssens is currently working on a new and equally fascinating memoir tentatively titled "A CURRY AT NIGHT AND SEX ON SUNDAY". This story will recount his seven years as an outcast in an Indian family in the London suburbs that ended with him living for a couple of days in "cardboard city" under Waterloo Bridge.

Praise for DALÍ & I: The Surreal Story
"Crass, callous, sordid and cynical---thus, utterly true to the spirit of Dalí and a certain bestseller " — Kirkus Review

"A jaw-dropping, tantalizing chronicle of jet-set swindling. It’s all terribly decadent, hard to believe, and enormously diverting. No wonder a movie starring Al Pacino and Cillian Murphy is in the works." — Booklist

"The art market is a dark circus of hope and deceit. Lauryssens provides us with an intimate portrait of Dalí, its mustachioed ringmaster: as eccentric as he is ingenious, as manipulative as he is fascinating." — Noah Charney, author of The Art Thief

Praise for previous work:
"A gem, highly original. 284 pages of pure horror and suspense and a plot that sweeps you away."
— The 2002 Hercule Poirot Award (Jury Report)

"A very attractive and elegant style."
— The Mail on Sunday

Sensational stuff, fantastic in every sense
— Daily Telegraph

A riveting, superbly written book
— Glasgow Herald

"Stan Lauryssens writes so well that you can almost smell the dust blowing through the window."
— The Bulletin
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